I’m about 50 pages into Meditation for Dummies. It’s cool and interesting and as I’m learning the theory and philosophy along with the mechanics – I have a thought.
Well, I have more than one thought but one stands out.
Giving a person with OCD a book on meditation is probably not wise. Superficially, you think “hey, less stress and anxiety for a person with an anxiety disorder sounds like a great idea!”
One of the symptoms of OCD is ritualized recital of a prayer or mantra meant to relieve anxiety. See where there might be a problem? I guess as long as I’m a happy crazy person, I’ll at least be benign.
On the other hand, I have an unusual knack for concentration and control due to the OCD. I have an increased awareness (hypervigilance) of my body and surroundings and an incredible memory. So is it an illness or a skillful tool?
Am I mentally unstable or unusually gifted?
Is the OCD going to put a beat down on me because I got the eBook instead of a book with pages? I mean, where do you put your bookmark or do you have to just remember the page you were on? Is there a way to mark your place in a PDF file?